When country music star Vince Gill performs Friday, Jan. 15, at The Township, he’ll be doing it as a favor for a friend.
Gill is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the winner of 20 Grammys and 18 Country Music Association awards. He has sold more than 26 million albums and produced plenty of hits, including “Go Rest High on That Mountain” and “When I Call Your Name.”
That friend, by the way, is University of South Carolina head baseball coach Chad Holbrook.
And the favor is a show benefitting Holbrook’s Win Anyway Foundation, a nonprofit that supports children with pediatric cancers.
“It all started when my son Reece was diagnosed” with cancer, Holbrook said. Reece was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia and underwent chemotherapy for three years before going into remission in 2007.
“I had a mutual friend in the coaching business who knew Vince Gill. Gill was moved by the story and wanted to play a benefit concert for Reece,” Holbrook said.
Gill came to Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2008, where Holbrook was coaching at the time, and performed for a sold-out crowd.
“I was in awe and am still in awe,” Holbrook said. “(Gill) is very philanthropic. He’s not only talented and accomplished, but he’s a good person.”
Gill participates in hundreds of charitable events and is considered a humanitarian in the music industry.
“Before that concert, Vince put his arm around me and said, ‘You know if you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to call,’” Holbrook said. “I let some years pass, but asked him if he’d be interested in coming back to play, this time in Columbia. And he said yes.”
Gill will perform with daughter Jenny Gill and country singer-songwriter Patrick Davis.
Holbrook said he hopes The Township show also will be a sellout.
“I just want people to know that this is a country music Hall of Famer,” Holbrook said. “He’s coming to the Midlands on his own free goodwill to try to make a difference in what our foundation is trying to accomplish. I don’t guarantee a lot of things, but I can promise you after you leave The Township on January 15, you’ll be a huge Vince Gill fan.”
If you go
Vince Gill with Jenny Gill and Patrick Davis
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15
WHERE: The Township, 1703 Taylor St.
INFO: All proceeds will benefit the Win Anyway foundation and its projects to benefit kids that are fighting pediatric cancers. www.thetownship.org